The Sound of Life For Others

Greetings;

Today I am in Castlegar, BC, Canada. We have had a great weekend with some wonderful people who have hungry hearts for all that God wants to give. The presence of God has been wonderful and the reception of God’s word has been commendable as many people have come out for numerous sessions of teaching. I will be teaching on Life-Giving Relationships all week as well as doing some special training during the afternoons. Thank you to all who have come ready to receive, open to hear, and hungry to respond to all that God is doing.

I have been writing concerning a culture of grace. We are God’s family and the family of God is empowered by God’s grace. God’s grace transforms our hearts and our minds to enable us to live for the wellbeing of others. This is the character of our family!

How can we tell our progress in the process of the working of God’s grace in our lives? All things are lawful for us and we could think the ability to do all things, or anything, is a mark of our freedom in Christ. We could consider the liberty of doing all things is the true testimony of God’s grace in our lives, but in doing so we would be selling ourselves short of the power of God’s grace. When we see grace as the power of personal liberty we often substitute God’s power of transformation for an excuse to not change in our ways. When we do this, we exchange God’s acceptance of our lives for a personal agenda of tolerance by God and others for who we want to be. This leads to a mentality of entitlements from God and others and negates our ability to be empowered by a supernatural transformation by God’s grace in us. God’s mercy sets us free from the judgment of anything. So, we could live with an attitude of nothing matters. “God loves me! I am a child of God! My sins are forgiven! You cannot judge me by what I do! I can do anything! I can eat meat. I can eat vegetables. I can have this freedom or I can observe that law. I can do anything, because I am justified by faith in Him and it is by faith that I have peace with God. Mercy has triumphed over judgment!” Surely God’s mercy frees us from the bondage of law, but God’s grace empowers us for much more than living in the freedom of our own personal desires.

1 Corinthians 10:23 All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify. 24 Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being.

The first part of this verse reveals a liberty to do all things, but doing all things is not the true freedom of grace. All things are lawful for me, unless I know who you am. When I know who I am, I cannot just do anything. I can do anything and still be loved by God, but when I know who I am, I become empowered to do all things for the sake of being a giver of life to myself, others, and the world.

I believe that we are in a grassroots revolution on planet earth. This revolution is one that comes from the hearts of people and not merely the governments of lands. God wants that kind of revolution in the hearts of people upon the earth. In the world, we find that connections today are in a more detailed level. We see it in social media. I believe that it is a sign. It has made the world a smaller place in a sense. It has made the world a more wonderful place, but also a more terrible one. It has made the world more safe and unsafe. Everything is assessable. In the natural there are many revolutions in the world that are happening from within the hearts of peoples. People are revolting. Their cry is that something must be different in the kingdoms of the world. These revolutions are even inspiring wars among men. There is violence. There is revolt. It is proving that human beings make terrible slaves. God is prophetically restoring the speech of the Lord, the speaking of the Lord, and the speaking of the word of the Lord. There is going to be a removal of the headship of promiscuity and a removal of legalism. Each of these headships are from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They are both rooted in the realm of time and they are based upon experience and human wisdom. Natural sight is the motivating factor of these headships. One says there are many rules and the other says there are no rules. God wants to remove that headship from the church and from the peoples of the world. God is releasing a new sound in the earth.

We must be tuned to the frequency of God’s heart so when God touches us our lives are filled with the sound of what He wants to do, not the sound of our own personal desires. The sound of God is one of life for others. It is a sound of living for the wellbeing of one another. His speech is a speech of passion and compassion. His speaking is even through those who do not know Him and the wise are willing to partner with those who do not know Him for His purposes in the earth. The speaking of the word of the Lord is when what God wants becomes a body of flesh and spirit upon the earth. This is the testimony of the family of God.

We need to be like an empty box, with touchable strings, that is tuned to the frequency of God’s heart so when He touches us we become filled with the sound of His heart. We cannot use a misunderstanding of God’s grace as an excuse to propagate our own personal desires, ways, or opinions among men. Our hearts must be ready to be filled with the sound of what God wants in the earth. This is a testimony of God’s grace working in our lives.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

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Grace Connects The Generations

Greetings,

Today I am in Bellingham. It has been good to be home with family and friends in my local community of Bellingham. I was blessed to hear my daughter minister the word in church yesterday and God has proven again to release the blessing of inheritance in the lives of my family. Life is good.

I have been addressing a culture of grace. What does it mean to be people in a community of grace? Last week I revealed that grace empowers us to overcome for the sake of others. That overcoming process includes the ability to go through things of suffering. The work of God’s grace amid our suffering releases blessings in the earth that are measures of inheritance for the generations that follow. The overcoming grace of God in our lives empowers us to release various blessings and breakthroughs for others in the world we live in. What we bring into this world even becomes material for the next generation in various aspects of life and inheritance. When children of God embrace being sons and daughters of God they mature to become sources of inheritance to the world they live in.  When we reveal the Father in our lives, the world changes. There is no need to pray for the world generically, when we have been sent to reveal Christ to the world specifically. We are in this world for the sake of others. Like Jesus, we must be faithful for the sake of those God has given us. It is for the sake of Bill, for the sake of Mary, For the sake of Susan, and this is not just for the sake of the world that we live in and overcome. It is for specific people that we touch. Paul lived for the sake of Timothy, Titus, and Philemon. He lived for individuals and even in bigger picture, he lived for the church of Colossi, Ephesus, Galatia, Corinth, Philippi, Rome, and Thessalonians. He didn’t live for all the church, but in living for some of the church his life ended up impacting all the church. When Jesus gave His life to 12 men, He was also able to give His life for the world. He came to get Christ in us and he has sent us to live in the same way that He did. We have been sent to this world for the sake of specific individuals in the path of our journey.

Paul suffered for what was lacking in the affliction of Christ. He endured suffering for what was being completed for the sake of the body of Christ, for the sake of the church. Grace is what gives each of us the ability to overcome. We overcome wickedness for the sake of the church, for the sake of our friends, for the sake of our children, and our children’s children. God’s grace empowers us to endure things that oppose us and the fruit of our overcoming is for sake of the body of Christ.

My own natural son, my oldest son, is my pastor. He pastor’s the church that I pioneered 27 years ago. In the local church, he is my pastor. I am a spiritual father in his life, but he is my pastor. I receive him as my pastor. This means that I expect him to hear God and I expect to need to hear what he is hearing. I talk with him as a dad, I talk with his children as a grandpa, I talk to him as a spiritual father in kingdom business, and sometimes he challenges me because I hear the voice of my pastor. I challenge him when I am the voice of a spiritual father and he challenges me when he is the voice of my God-sent pastor. It is a spiritual dance that requires the manifest presence of God. It requires God’s grace. I am listening for Gods voice and so is he. It requires each of us to find God’s grace.

I would rather that everyone just thinks like me and then it would be easy. I would rather everyone believe me and trust what I say. I would rather that everything was the same and thus it would be easy to relate to and understand them, but that is not the way it works in a culture of grace. I would rather be the father in my home that always knows what I am doing. I would rather be the man of God that never makes mistakes, but I am not. I am a child, a young man, and I am a father. Every day I must know that I have a Father who loves me. I am a young man because there is still a wicked one to overcome for the sake of the world. I suffer some things so I can give breakthroughs to others.

My son and I we have an understanding. He says my ceiling is his floor. He believes that what I have established becomes his foundation to establish more things. I must also believe that my ceiling is his floor, which means there is always more. I must be willing to embrace what is beyond the highest level of my life. I embrace life fresh and new to believe to overcome again. What established the ceiling that is his floor is the fruit of the overcoming that I did in the past. But the grace of God is at work now. We are overcoming even to new levels. This means that I must be a young man again. I must change my vision to dream and say there is more to overcome for the sake of others.

Colossians 1:27 To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Paul described how he was a light to the Gentiles. The mystery of God included those who did not know God and it was the testimony of Christ in them. He said Christ in each person is the hope of glory. Christ in each person is the hope of transformation. Christ in each person is the hope of something coming into this world that has never been seen before. This is the hope of heavenly things and new realities in the families of humanity. Christ in each of us is the hope of gory. Grace is the power of Christ in each one. That grace is not just for us. It is for the world we live in. It involves overcoming for the sake of others.

Blessings,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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Suffering For the Sake of Others

Greetings;

I have had a wonderful week in Angola, Africa. God has touched many people and transformed many people’s hearts and minds. There are many hungry sons and daughters of God here who want the New Covenant life of Christ! I am looking forward to returning here in November to see God do more. I know that a harvest of New Covenant life and Grace is in this land!

I have been writing in regard to a culture of grace. God’s grace empowers us to change. Grace empowers us to be who we were meant to be and grace happens when we see Jesus in our lives. It is the manifest presence of Jesus Christ that activates God’s grace in our lives. This is a reality of living in the kingdom of the Son of God’s love. We have been delivered from the power of darkness! We are overcomers! Grace is the power that gives us the ability to overcome! Grace is not a theory, it is a reality of life-transformation by the presence of Holy Spirit in our lives.

In the family of God, we are children of God. I am always a child of God. I always have that attitude. God’s mercy is new every morning. God’s mercy always reminds me that I am a child of God. My sins are forgiven! I have a Father who loves me! We must never stop being children of God in our hearts and minds.

I am a child of God, but I also want to grow up. I want to become a father. I want to live for the sake of others. I want to become an example to others and even bring the substance of breakthrough and change in their lives. Giving the life of Christ in me to the world that I have been given is the ultimate purpose of my life. I was born to bring healing to nations and to give life-transforming food to the hungry. For this to happen, I must always desire change and I must embrace that change in the process of growing to maturity.

To become a father I must grow as a son of God. I want to be a son of God that reveals the grace of God at work in my life. I want to receive the grace of God that empowers me to overcome all wickedness. It causes me to be a testimony of God’s presence and a testimony of God’s word. That is not a testimony of knowing the Bible. It is a testimony of becoming the substance of God in His character, nature, way, power, and authority. I don’t just want to read the Bible to obey the Bible. I am becoming what the Bible describes. The character, nature, way, power and authority of my Father God is the substance of my name. I am demonstrating the life-giving power and authority of God in and through my life in all things. God’s grace in my life is not just for me. It is for the sake of others. It is for the sake of the world.

Colossians 1:24 I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church…

The principle in this verse, the truth in this verse, can be applied in each of our lives. Paul rejoiced in his suffering for sake of others. He was going through things for the sake of others. It is one thing to look at the suffering of Paul and say he went through it for us, but what about the sufferings that you and I go through? Aren’t we each meant to go through suffering for the sake of others? Maybe the suffering we go through is not for what we can get or become? Maybe our sufferings are for the sake of our children and our children’s children? Maybe the sufferings we go through are for our friends, our neighbors, our city, our nation, or the nations. In the book of Romans we saw that by faith we enter into grace.

Romans 5:2 …through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope.

In grace, there is tribulation or suffering. It is during that resistance that we cheerfully endure. During challenges, we cheerfully endure and our character changes. That change in us brings forth hope. Is that hope just for us, or is it for the world we live in? Paul rejoiced in his suffering for the sake of others. He filled up in his flesh what was lacking in the afflictions of Christ. There is something lacking in the afflictions of Christ? Jesus is the Savior of the world. He is the Lord of all people and the desire of the nations, but when He came to this world He came to twelve men.

John 17:6 “I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word.”

John 17:9 “I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours.”

John 17:12 “While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.”

John 17:17 “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. 18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.”

He had finished His journey; His task as a man in life. He had not yet died upon the cross, but His confession was that He had done everything the Father sent Him to do. He did not pray for the world, but only those the Father gave Him. He only lost the one He was supposed to lose. He had not yet died, Judas had not yet betrayed Him, but He knew there was one who was going to lose. He had a knowledge that He was finished. He told His disciples; If you have seen Me, you have seen the Father. In the same way, Jesus was sending His disciples. God sent Jesus to reveal the Father to twelve men who would also reveal the Father to some men and women, who would also reveal the Father to some men and women, who would also reveal the Father to some men and women. He gave His life for the relational connections in His life. He lived to transform the lives of a few that through the few all might be transformed. Our suffering in this life is for the sake of those that God has given us.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

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Embracing Grace Brings About Change

Greetings,

I am presently in Angola, Africa. We had a great leader’s gathering on Saturday. I was on the radio for an hour yesterday morning and released a word on New Covenant. It was a great time in the church yesterday with a full house of people and God’s presence. This week I will be teaching daily on New Covenant Ministry. I am expecting God to do great things.

In a culture of grace, we see Jesus. Grace comes at a revelation of Jesus Christ in our lives. When we see Jesus for who He is now, we become relevant to who we are supposed to be now. He brings salvation to our souls. We must embrace the change that comes to our desires, reasoning, thoughts, emotions, and imaginations. We must grow in the salvation of our souls. Our souls need the prosperity that comes by God’s grace. We need more thoughts, more reasoning, more emotions, more imaginations, and more desires. We need our souls to grow in the salvation of the Lord. This is a testimony of God’s grace working in our lives. This is the testimony of being maturing sons and daughters in Christ. We must be able to cry, to laugh, to have peace, and to experience life in all of life’s expressions. We must become happy and abundant in our hearts and minds. The attributes of our souls must be healthy. To the degree these things are healthy in us is the degree we will bring healthy life to the world. Salvation is the salvation of our souls. Our thoughts, reasoning, strategy, emotions, imaginations, and desires are brought to life by an abundance of God’s life in our spirits within. Our salvation includes going to heaven when we die, but there are many days between today and heaven. Salvation is bringing heaven into every day of our lives. God’s mercy forgives us for a lifestyle of hell, but God’s grace gets us out of a lifestyle of hell. Mercy justifies us to live, but grace empowers us to live. If our lifestyles don’t change and we still live like children of the world we have not discovered the power of God’s grace.

If we say that God loves us, but as children of God we don’t think we need to change, we end up redefining mercy as grace. We may go to heaven when we die, but we are going to create a lot of hell between here and heaven. Maybe we’ll be saved as one who escapes the flames, but everything in our lives will be ashes. There will be no gold, silver, or precious stone. Gold, silver, and precious stone are the testimony of Christ formed in the lives of others. Wood, hay, and straw are simply the things that we live for in this life. When we live empowered by grace we give life to others.

Grace is meant to empower me to become a father that allows the world, and even empowers my world, to be changed. God’s grace puts the character of God in the lives of people. It empowers children and children’s children to be different than before. We don’t live to please God because He is not pleased us. We live to please God because we know how pleased He is with us. If we don’t live to please God, we don’t really know how pleased He is with us. We don’t really know who God is in our lives. We substitute His pleasure for us with our pleasure for ourselves. If we know He is pleased with us, we ask the question; “God, how can I live to be pleasing to you? How can I be who you say I am? You don’t see my spots, blemishes or wrinkles. How can I live without spots blemishes or wrinkles to the world I live in. I don’t need to change so You will love me. I need to change so people will see how loving You are.”

We don’t need to change so God will love us. We need to embrace His grace that changes us so the world can see how powerful His love really is. Without Him we cannot change. With Him change is inevitable. When He walks into the room of our hearts and minds, everything changes.

Colossians 1:9 For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; 12 giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.

‘Because He loves you, I am praying you will walk a walk that is pleasing to Him. Because He loves you, because you are a child of God, I am praying you be fruitful for every good work. I am praying you will grow in knowing who He is. I want you to be fathers. I pray you will be strengthened with all might by His glorious power.’ Paul was praying for the grace of God to work in them. God’s grace activates a cheerful endurance that transforms human character and manifests hope. Paul was praying for the One in them to empower their patience and long suffering with joy. Not with misery. With the evidence of His manifest presence. In the presence of the Lord is joy forever, inexpressible and full of glory. Paul was paying for the might inside of them. That might is the power of God’s grace that brings all through. He was giving thanks to the Father, because He has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He is the one who delivered us from the power of darkness. This is grace!

Grace is the testimony. Mercy declares you can be delivered. He loves you even if you are not delivered. Grace says that because you can be delivered, here He is and He is delivering you! He is delivering you from the power of darkness because you have been conveyed into the kingdom of the Son of His love. This is not some day in the future. It is today, tomorrow, the next day and even beyond the life as you know it. It is because we have redemption by His  blood and the forgiveness of sins. Because of His great mercy, we have been given the power of His amazing grace. We can finally become real. I can finally become Bonnie’s husband. Not just a husband, but Bonnie’s Husband. I can become Jonathan’s dad, not just a dad, but Jonathan’s dad. I can become Aaron’s dad. I can become Joanna’s dad. I can become Aubrey’s grandpa, London’s grandpa, Kaden’s grandpa, and Zaria’s grandpa. Not just a grandpa. Because of God’s grace I can become your friend, not just a friend, but your friend. To be real requires the grace of God. My thinking has to change. My thoughts, strategies, imagination, emotions, and desires have to change. I have to become the real me. Grace makes me the real me.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

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Salvation of Your Soul

Greetings;

Today I am writing from Spain. I started today with the G42 Leadership group in embarking on a journey in New Covenant Realities. I am looking forward to all that God is going to do this week. I know we will have an encounter with the Holy Spirit in a wonderful way.

The community of God has a foundation of mercy and grace. Something in all of us should be like a little child. We should always know we have a Father who loves us and our sins are forgiven. This is a powerful revelation, but this by itself is not an understanding of grace. It is an understanding of mercy. Knowing we have a Father who loves us and our sins are forgiven is enough for us to know God’s heart for who we are, but only the presence God’s Spirit in our lives can cause us to become who we were meant to be. How we were born naturally is not the true testimony of who we were meant to be supernaturally. We had to be born again in Christ to find God’s grace that transforms our lives to become who and what God says we are to be. We should desire to be different than who we used to be. Who we are outside of Christ is not who we were meant to be in Christ. It is not true to the character, nature, way, power, or authority of a son or daughter of God. It is only a testimony of being a son or daughter of man outside of Christ. We were meant to be the likeness and the image of God in human form. When we become the likeness and the image of God we become the testimony of God’s influence in all that we are and all that we do. All humans are meant to be this way, but a disconnection from God has prevented mankind from fulfilling their true destiny. In Christ, we don’t present an image of people who just do anything. We don’t just act any way we want to. In the same manner, we are not humans who are controlled or contained by some form of law just to a pretend an action of change. Law controls us, but grace transforms our lives from within our hearts. Law constrains our actions, but grace liberates our actions to finally be life-giving actions. Law is a hard-fast unchangeable rule. Grace is an increasingly changing, transforming, metamorphosis in our hearts and minds. Metaphorically speaking, we were supposed to be butterflies, but we were born as caterpillars. We were destined to fly, but we were born crawling. We need a metamorphosis. We need to change in our character and ability. This is the power and purpose of grace.

We do not understand grace because we have redefined salvation. We say by grace we are saved, but our definition of being saved is going to heaven when we die. Going to heaven when we die is surely part of our salvation package in Christ, but there is more to our salvation than what happens when we die. We think by grace we will be saved when we die, but God wants our souls to be saved. Our souls are being the bridge between our spirits and our physical lives.

3 John 2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

God wants us to prosper in all things. To be in health and to prosper in all things, our souls must prosper. Our souls manifest our desires, our thoughts, our reasoning, our imagination, and our emotions. The healthier our thoughts are the heathier our reasoning is, the healthier our imaginations are, the healthier our emotions are, and the healthier our desires become. When our thoughts, reasoning, imagination, emotions, and desires are healthy our lives will be more prosperous in all that we are and do. This affects all that we are in spiritual and practical ways.

I am a husband to my wife. I am not a husband to the wives of the world. I am a husband to one woman. She doesn’t need me to be a husband. She needs me to be her husband. She needs me to dwell with her, to understand her, to see how valuable she is, and to treat her accordingly. She needs me to rule in life with her in all things. Bonnie Hanson needs Ted Hanson to be her husband. This means I cannot just find a recipe to being a husband. I must be empowered to be her husband. My son Jonathan, my son Aaron, and my daughter Joanna need me to be their dad. They don’t need a dad, they need me to be their dad. Jonathan does not need me to be Aaron’s dad, he needs me to be Jonathan’s dad. Aaron needs me to be Aaron’s dad. Joanna needs me to be Joanna’s dad. That means I must become who I am for each of them. When I go as a minister to places that God has divinely joined me, those places don’t need me to be a minister. Each place needs me to be who God says I am for them. I must discover who God says I am for each one and each place that He sends me. This can only come by the power of God’s grace. I can be inspired by a book on marriage, but I must discover God’s grace that makes me who I am as a husband for my wife. I must constantly grow and mature. My wife does not need the husband she married forty years ago. She needs a better husband than that. She needs the husband that has been growing in maturity for forty years. The places I go need the minister that has been growing in maturity by grace. We can only be who we are meant to be today by embracing the work of God’s grace in our lives.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

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His Presence Changes Everything!

Greetings,

We just finished a great weekend of prophetic training in Bellingham. We were joined by my good friends Bill and Linda Jonson from Tallahassee, Florida. We activated, facilitated, and released about seventy guys and gals in the life-giving prophetic power of Christ. We had several healings, miraculous testimonies, and life-changing words. Last night there was a packed house as a team of about fifty ministered and Jesus walked into the room!

A culture of grace is dependent upon the manifest presence of Jesus in our lives. Grace happens at a revelation of Jesus Christ. When we see Him in our lives, our lives are changed. When He walks into the room everything changes! The book the Apocalypse, the Revelation, is not about doom and gloom. It is about the person Jesus and what happens when He walks into the room. The apocalypse of Jesus Christ is about the person Jesus Christ. Each part of the book is a testimony of what happens when the person Jesus Christ walks into the room. The very 1st chapter is enough to stand on its own. Jesus loves us He has washed us in His blood. He stands in the midst of His Church. When we hear Him, we turn and we see Him and when we see Him something in us becomes like Him, because we see Him as he is. Grace comes at a revelation of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the voice behind us. He is the voice that invites us to have an encounter with Him. Every revelation from Him is an invitation to have an encounter with Him so that we can be transformed by Him and become something of that revelation. This is grace!

You can take the 22nd chapter of Revelation on its own and have a wonderful reality for today, yesterday, and the future. There is a river that flows from the throne room. It comes out of the human heart. It doesn’t flow through the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. It flows through the tree of life. It produces generations of humanity that bring healing to sick nations and fruit that feeds the hungry. When you discover this river that flows out of you, you no longer look at what is right and what is wrong. You think, ‘how do I give life?’ ‘I want to give life to the world.’ As a result, the fruit of your life is what the world needs. The touch of your life brings healing to those who are sick. The blessing that is in you heals the curse that is around you. It is a wonderful revelation! We saw the life-giving river of God flow last night in a powerful way as many were refreshed, envisioned, revived, transformed, and healed.

Chapter 21 of Revelation can also stand by itself. We could just take it and discover a great revelation of God’s grace. Look Up! There is a community coming out of heaven filling our lives. Things that reveal the character and nature of God are filling our hearts. God’s grace is working in us and the very pressures we find ourselves in are proving to be opportunities for God’s grace to cause our lives to shine. The many facets of God’s passion, love, victory, forgiveness, and life-giving power are at work in us. The destiny of the character, nature, way, power, and authority of God is being seen beneath our feet as a path for God’s glory is being set before us. We are being established upon the way and the path of God. God’s presence in us is empowering us to become a community of God in the earth. Even the gates of our lives are like pearls. Pearls are the result of wounds in the heart of an oyster. When an oyster is wounded, it releases enzymes and minerals from within that form a beautiful testimony. It is like our lives. When something wounding happens in lives, it can be a source of offence or it can be the source of a testimony of God’s love. An ugly thing happens to the oyster, but the oyster isn’t overcome by the ugly thing. It releases what is inside of it and turns the ugly thing into a pearl. If you ever go to one of those places where you can buy an oyster to find a pearl, be sure to pick the ugliest oyster. The ugliest shell usually contains the pearl. The pearl came because the oyster was wounded. The peal is a symbol of love. You can make a necklace, a bracelet, or a ring and it is a symbol of love. It’s an intimate love. It’s a lover’s love or even a father’s love. It is love that testifies of tender care. It is a love that reveals that the giver wants to spend the rest of their life with you. The pearl is a symbol of tenderness and intimate love. Like the wounding of an oyster, what the enemy intends for evil turns into a testimony of the Father’s love. The ugliest moments of our lives become pearls that others can see. People will get into this community by a testimony of love. The gates of the community are gates of pearl. They are gates that reveal a testimony of love. The community of God is filled with people who could have ugly testimonies. The potentially ugly people have become the most beautiful people in the world. It is a revelation of Jesus. A work of grace is the appealing invitation to enter the community of God.

Blessings,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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Grace Happens When We See Him!

Greetings,

Well the snow is past and the sun is now shining in my part of the world. I had a great week last week with lots of snow encounters, grandpa and grandchildren experiences, ambushes by God in our Christ Life Training sessions, and a good weekend in my home church. God is good.

I have been addressing the subject of a culture of grace and what a community of people empowered by God’s grace look like. The foundation of the community of God, is God! He is who He is and He is secure in who He is. It is His security and His identity that sets the foundation for the community of God in heaven and upon the earth.

When asked by Moses as to who He was, God’s simple answer was one of security – “I Am”. He didn’t explain who He was. He didn’t explain what He does. He didn’t explain how He created the universe and how He redeems things and restores things. He didn’t explain how quickly He can do miracles. He simply said, “I Am”. I think the big I Am wanted all the little ‘i am’s’ to know who they are. The community of God is filled with loved people. It is God’s love that reveals to each on who they are. “I am a child of God. I am a son of God. I am a daughter of God. I am the bride of Christ.” The Dad wants the children to know that they are like Him. We are little ‘I am’ s’  in the testimony of the big I Am! Grace empowers me to be who I am where law only required me to be an I do, but even a parrot can be taught to say, praise the lord. But only a son or a daughter can say to their heavenly Father, “You are the excellence of my life!” The future is in our thinking. Who are we?

1 Peter 1:13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ…

Gird up the loins of your mind and be sober. To be sober doesn’t mean to be sad. It means to be purposed. Gird up the loins of your mind and be purposed. Rest your hope fully upon the grace that is brought to you at a revelation of Jesus Christ, not a revelation about Jesus Christ. A revelation of Him. When you see Him, your world changes. When you see Him in your heart, your heart changes. When you see Him in your circumstance, your circumstance changes.

I have a wonderful everyday experience that allows me to understand this verse better. When I come home from a trip my grandson loves to come and see me at my house. He will come to my house and ring my front door bell. He is looking forward to seeing me. He knows that anything that he may have done that was bad while I was gone doesn’t matter to me. He knows that I love him and he can’t wait to be with me. When he rings the bell at my door he has an expectation of me coming to see who it is. He will hide under the front bench on my porch. When I am away on a trip he loves seeing me on the computer through face time, but if he can get in the same room with me the atmosphere and the reality of his life changes. When he knows that I am home, he has an expectation of only good things. He comes to my house and he will ring my door bell several times. I will get up from my chair and he knows that I am going to get out of my chair. I am going to make some noise, I will say, “who’s ringing my door bell?” Who’s ringing my door bell? Is there someone at my door?” Now, he will be excited at this point! He will hide under the bench I have on the front porch. He is not hiding because He doesn’t want me to find him. He knows I will find him. He has a need. His world has been missing grandpa, but now grandpa is home. He has an expectation. He wants to experience a world with grandpa in it. The word revelation in 1 Peter 1:13 (grace comes at a revelation of Jesus Christ), is a great word. It is the word apocalypse. It doesn’t mean doom and gloom. It is an unveiling or revealing of what could not be seen before. An apocalypse of grandpa would be a revelation that, here he is! When my grandson sees me as I find him beneath the bench, his whole world changes! He experiences a change in his heart and a change in his mind. My grandson wants an experience with who I am, because he knows that who I am will cause wonderful things to happen in his heart, his mind, and in his everyday world. This is the way it is with grace and a revelation of Jesus Christ. When we see Him in our room, everything changes! Expect to see Jesus in your life today! Grace comes at a revelation of Him in your room!

I will bend down and my grandson will see me. He will leap into my arms! He will smell me and feel me! He will experience me. I am no longer a picture on a computer screen. I am no longer a promise. I am grandpa and here I am! Grace comes at a revelation of Jesus Christ. When you smell Him and experience Him and He is no longer a page in a book. When He is no longer a promise, but He is in your world and now your world changes! The whole environment changes because grace comes at a revelation of Jesus Christ.

Blessings,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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We Have a Future – We are His Children

Greetings,

Yesterday I was at Everyone’s church in Mt. Vernon, Washington. We had a great time together and we renewed our focus on God’s presence, God’s counsel, God’s life through us to others, and God’s desires given to us. This is our focus for 2017. God’s grace is working in our lives and we are the people of God. We are His family and good things are being worked out in our lives.

God takes what the enemy intended for evil in our lives and He turns it for good. I don’t believe that He is not in control of every detail; I believe that He is in charge of every detail. He is not a distant God who does not want a relationship with human beings. He has not just simply sovereignly determine the future. He has determined the future with an intimate relationship with a wonderful family. In this process of grace, the internal realities of God kingdom have to manifest. So, we face pressure, but we persevere. We are moving beyond the place of internal Passover to internal Pentecost. We are moving to ultimately know internal Tabernacles. God is our God, we are God’s people, and we live together with Him in all things.

God wants us to know in our hearts that church is not a place we go, it is something we are. We don’t just go there for training or Sunday service. We are the church! We are each part of the Provers 31 woman. We know who our Husband is. We are dealing in the real-estate of the earth on behalf of our family name. We carry the family name; the family character, nature, way, power, and authority. We are the church. We are each sons and daughters. We are overcomers. We are facing pressure and we are finding grace to cheerfully endure. We are cheerfully enduring and the testimony of Christ within us is transforming our hearts and our minds. The power of God in us is stronger than the pressure that is against us and what is manifesting is character from within. That character is the family of God character. Wow! That is not like us! It is a gift. It is not a discipline of the flesh; it is a transformation of the flesh. Wow! We are becoming loving! We are becoming merciful! It is a transformation in our hearts and minds by the power of God’s grace. We used to want to kill them, but now life within us is killing what wants to kill! We are changing from within! We are finding grace. We are persevering and character is manifesting and then we see hope. It is something inside of us. It is manifesting!

1 Peter 1:13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

In this verse, Peter is talking to believers; human beings who have discovered that God loves them. They are not better than other human beings, they have just discovered God’s love. This verse implies that the loins are in the mind. It implies that our future is in our thinking. The world does not gird up the loins of their mind. The world doesn’t have their loins in their mind, they have their mind in their loins. In other words, their future is in the desires of their flesh. They can even have a good intention and a good heart, but they do not put their hope in what God can do in them. They see their future as dependent upon their own human abilities. Their future is determined by what they think, they can do, or what they want to do. God knows that there is a better way. He knows that each of us are good at doing what we want to and not so good at what we are told to do. This is why He wants to put His life-giving desires within our hearts and minds. Those with religious thinking seek to impose rules upon themselves and upon others to bind their desires in some way. Law makes slaves out of all of us even though it is filled with good ideas and good commands. It turns us into slaves. It causes our view of God to change. Law alone causes us to think that God is a Master. It causes us to think that God needs things from us. He needs us to love Him. He needs us to worship Him. He needs us to act right. He needs us to obey. God does not need any of those things from us. When we do those things, it doesn’t change who He is and when we don’t do those things it still doesn’t change who He is. When we obey Him, He doesn’t love us more and when we disobey Him, He doesn’t love us less. I know this is true, because when we were sinners He died for us. When everyone was as bad as they could be, He didn’t love us less. It was not upon the cross that He loved us. It was before the cross that He loved us, therefore He was willing to embrace the cross because He loved us. Sin never created a problem for God towards us, it created a problem from us towards Him. Sin prevented us from seeing God for who He is and thus we could never come to Him and become who we were meant to be. We were unholy because we lived separate from Him. Living with Him would transform our lives to become holy as He is. Sin prevented us from seeing who we really are. On our best day we perceived that we were servants and God is a Master, but He never saw us as servants and Himself as a Master. He saw us as children and for this He sent His Son to redeem us from our fallen state of thinking. Our future is only found through Christ in us and Christ in us will empower the thinking of our hearts and minds to be that of children of a Father who loves us. This is the environment of grace and it creates an atmosphere of life for who we are meant to be. It is not about what we can do for Him. It is about who we are in Him.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

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Pressure Reveals His Grace

Greetings,

Today I am writing once again from Bellingham. It is a blessing to be at home and yesterday was another wonderful day at ALife. Pastor Jonathan did a great job and God was in the house. We are having some great times in our Christ Life Training sessions as well.

God’s mercy has given us peace with God through Jesus Christ. Our sins are forgiven and we have a Father who loves us. We also have access to God to find His grace that empowers us to stand in life.

Romans 5:1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

The apostle Paul prayed that the eyes of the hearts of believes would see the hope of the calling of Christ, the riches of His inheritance that is in believers as His set apart ones, and the supernatural power of His Sprit within them. Christ made the church the fullness of Him and He and the church are above all principalities, powers, might, dominions, and names.

Ephesians 1:18 …the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. 22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

Underneath the feet of the church, underneath our feet, are principalities, powers, might, dominions, and names This is true in every age. God has given us grace to stand! Standing implies overcoming and it implies inheritance. We are overcomers who grow up to be fathers. We mature to give life to the world and to live for the wellbeing of others. Our hope is the glory of God. We are standing to become sons and daughters of God. What does this process look like?

Romans 5:3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

The process includes tribulation, pressure, and resistance. We are standing to overcome things that don’t want to change, but seek to change us. These can be disappointing things that we are appointed to bring hope to. These things resists us, only so we can overcome them and bring life to the world around us. These things that resist us seek to remain seated in the high places of our hearts! They are not going to change! They are going to change you! But, we stand to find God’s grace to overcome. We boldly come to the throne of grace to find grace! The resistance is not really trying to destroy us, we have been sent to destroy the resistance. We are manifesting who we really are. We are sons and daughters of God. We are children, but we are also maturing sons and daughters. We are overcomers! We are like our Father! We must persevere!

The word preserver implies a cheerful endurance. It is not simply holding on. It is a cheerful endurance. It is an overcoming endurance. The Greek word for endurance is g5281. ὑπομονή hypomonē; from 5278; cheerful (or hopeful) endurance, constancy.

To overcome, we must cheerfully endure. We cannot just stand in the pressure and exist. We can’t just be strong. We must take on an overcoming attitude in our endurance. We persevere! This is what activates the grace of God in our lives. The grace of God is the presence of Holy Spirit in our lives that changes us. It is God in our lives and He gives us the power to overcome in every situation. The pressure of the world around us, or the way of the world within us, might be trying to get us to not act as a child of God, but God’s grace empowers us to manifest as sons and daughters of God in the midst of every pressure. The external pressures of our lives cannot outweigh the glory of the presence of Christ within our hearts. Grace is an overcoming power in our lives. He changes us from the inside out and then that change is manifest in our lives. Others can see it! Grace causes us to manifest who we are in Christ. Darkness is pushing against us, but we are light. Sickness is coming against us, but we are the substance of healing. This can even include the practical reality of sickness and healing. There is internal reality of the kingdom of God within us. It is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. It is an internal knowing that God is our God. There is an internal knowing that God and us are never distanced, thus heavenly things begin to manifest outwardly in our lives. An internal knowing of the joy of living with God’s presence in all things. He gives us life, and breath, and all things. Within our hearts we find the place where God shares His heart with us and we share our heart with Him. The power of Christ within us is a transforming power of life from within us. It is the power of God’s grace that changes our hearts and minds. He transforms our desires and our thoughts by the power of His presence. Grace is released through the supernatural power of Christ in our hearts!

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

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Grace Saves Our Souls

Greetings;

Today I am writing from Bellingham after a great weekend at the home church of Alife. I was blessed to preach and will be releasing the message and the prophetic word I gave for the present season as soon as it is available. It was a great weekend and I am blessed to be home.

We are the family of God, a place that God lives. We are not just a place that God visits. We are a place that God lives. Jesus came to find His body, the house of God’s dwelling in the earth. God has always wanted a place of dwelling in the earth. God dwells in and among His family and His family is a family empowered by and motivated by God’s grace. The grace of God is His manifest presence in and among us to cause us to become a testimony of all that we should be in Him.

In the family of God there are children, young men and women, and fathers, and mothers. John wrote in the book of 1 John in regards to these levels of maturity in the family of God. These degrees of maturity express the various aspects of God’s love in His family. We must have the attitude of little children with and expectation of God’s love. We must seek to grow in our ability to be like God in our character, nature, way, power, and authority. We must embrace the journey of becoming men and women who overcome all wickedness by the power of His grace. Embracing the process of overcoming is not just for our sakes, but for the sake of others in this world. Our aim must be to live for the sake of others. Our goal is to attain to a level of maturity that manifests the attributes of our heavenly Father here upon the earth. As spiritual dads and moms we must seek to live to give life to those that God has given to us. We are to be the family of God with the character, nature, way, power, and authority of God’s love.

How do we become a family where our character is a character of love? What does that look like in everyday life? As the people of God, we are not to be people who play church and live in some isolated bubble of God’s glory. We are people like all people on planet earth. We are dads, moms, brothers, sisters, friends, and neighbors. We are business men, farmers, office workers, doctors, nurses, teachers, inventers, astronauts, lawyers, carpenters, fabricators, and all the things found in the practical world of everyday life. We are human beings like all other human beings, but in Christ we can take on the character and attributes of what humans should look like. Many people get an idea that Christ came into their lives so they could simply have a nice time in the earth until they go to heaven. I believe that God came to redeem us in our purpose as human beings. I enjoy the practical pleasures, conveniences, and tools of an everyday life. Driving in my truck is an upgrade to riding a horse as my sole means of transportation. I believe that everyday things are also the blessing of God in the earth, but we must possess them and they must never possess us. I believe that we can have the character of God’s family in the midst of being progressive in the practicalities of an everyday world.

We must be people of mercy and grace. Knowing that we have a Father who loves us and that our sins are forgiven is a foundation for understanding God’s mercy. That alone is not enough to inspire us to be different than we were before we came to Christ. God expects us to grow in maturity in Him to become as we should be. God’s mercy is a testimony of God’s love towards us, God’s grace is the testimony of God’s love working in us. Only God’s grace can inspire us to change to become as we should be in this world. Who we were outside of Christ is not who we were meant to be. Outside of Christ we were living a lie. We were not true to the character, nature, way, power, or authority of who God is. We were created in the likeness and the image of God and we must return to Him to be as we were meant to be in Him. All humans should be an example of the likeness and image of God to the creatures of the world. We must start as some people to be a testimony to all people of what this can become.

We do not present an image of people that can simply do anything or an image that just acts any way we want. We do not present a human image that is controlled or contained to a pretend action of obedience or pretend good. Law controls us, but grace transforms us. Law restrains our actions, but grace liberates our actions to finally be life-giving expressions for the sake of love. Law is a hard-fast, unchangeable rule. Grace is an internal force of love that brings about change with a transforming power of metamorphosis in our lives. Metaphorically speaking, we were supposed to be a butterfly, but we were born as a caterpillar. We were destined to fly, but we were born crawling. We need to experience a metamorphosis in Christ. We need a change of character, nature way, power, and authority. We misunderstand grace because we have redefined salvation. We say by grace we are saved, but we often think that by grace we will be saved when we die. God wants our souls to be saved. Our souls are the bridge between our spirits and our physical lives. In Johns third letter he wrote concerning the key to health in an everday world.

3 John 1:2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

God wants us to prosper in all things and to be in health, but it can only happen to the degree that our souls prosper. It includes our desires, our thoughts, our reasoning, our imagination, and our emotions. The healthier our thoughts are, the healthier our reasoning is. The healthier our reasoning is, the healthier our imagination becomes. The healthier our desires are, the healthier our emotions will be. The healthier our soul becomes, the heathier our lives will be. We will have a prosperous life is we have a prosperous soul.

I am a husband to Bonnie. She doesn’t need me to be a husband. She needs me to be her husband. She needs me to dwell with her and to understand her. She needs me to see how expensive she is and to treat her accordingly. She needs me to rule and rein in life with her beside me in all things. Bonnie Hanson doesn’t need a husband, she needs Ted Hanson to be her husband. This means I cannot just find a recipe or a method to be a husband. I must become empowered from within to be her husband. My son Jonathan, my son Aaron, and my daughter Joanna don’t just need a dad. The need me to be their dad. Jonathan doesn’t need me to be Aaron’s dad, he needs me to be Jonathan’s dad. Aaron needs me to be Aaron’s dad. Joanna needs me to be Joanna’s dad. I must become who I am for each of them. I go to certain congregations as a minister. Those places don’t need a minister. They need me to be who God says I am for them. I need discover who God says I am for them. I cannot get it from a sermon book. I cannot get who my wife needs me to be from a marriage book. A marriage book can inspire me, but I must discover God’s grace that makes me who I am for her. I must constantly grow and mature. My wife does not need the husband she married forty years ago. She needs a better husband than that. She needs the husband that has been growing in maturity for forty years. The churches I go to need me be the minister who has been growing in maturity in the process of divine connection and relationship. What is going to cause us to be who we are to be today is embracing the power of God’s grace in our lives each day. We must see Jesus in our lives now, today. We must embrace the changes that comes in our desires, our thinking, our reasoning, our strategies, our emotions, and our imaginations. God grace is able to save our souls!

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

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